But I need this book.
Author Katharine Grubb took a break after drafting her third novel to write a nonfiction book, Write a Novel in Ten Minutes a Day.
But the subtitle is where the action is: “Because your dreams are worth 10 minutes.”
In addition to detailing all the things an author needs to think about when crafting a novel (and there are a lot of things), Katharine has included 9 chapters of advice that any writer, regardless of genre, can use.
This is a writer’s workshop in book form. And it’s useful to any writer with a book in her heart.
Part One is the part I need to concentrate on the most right now: “Arranging your writing around your life.” As Katharine Grubb observes in chapter one,
I knew that if I looked for big chunks of time or perfect conditions, they would never come. My theory was that ten minutes were better than none at all. And if I did this six times in one day, I would have written for an hour. An hour devoted to writing seemed like a luxury. (p. 5-6)
Want to learn why Katharine considers the party game “Two Truths and a Lie” an important soul-searching exercise?
Want to know the time-management strategies she employed while writing a novel as a homeschooling mom of 5?
Want to know how to write a book when you don’t have a private island, a year at a writer’s retreat, or even a garret?
You’ll find all this–and more–in the first 3 chapters of this very thorough guidebook.
I’ll be working through Chapter 2, “Organizing Your Time,” in great detail. Because my dreams are worth 10 minutes.
Full disclosure: I was privileged to read this entire book in unfinished form, as a “beta reader” for Katharine Grubb, in exchange for my honest feedback. I’m amazed that she asked me to read the book, because she knows that while I read loads of fiction, it’s not what I write.
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